About Me

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Ashley Hennings, Holistic Health Coach

I think it’s pretty safe to say that anyone who knows me knows that I love to cook.  What most people don’t know, is that love was born out of years in a tumultuous relationship with food.  For over a decade I was a chronic dieter – one week it was only grapefruit, the next it was only fish and veggies or protein shakes.  But even if I lost weight, it never stayed off. And outside of my physical appearance, I constantly felt tormented – I love food and never felt like I got to enjoy any of it.  My passion for cooking frankly started as a way to gain some control over the one part of my life that I felt controlled me.  At first it was hours upon hours of Food Network and cookbooks, and later included food blogs and cooking classes.  But as I found my confidence and way around the kitchen, something unique happened: it became easier to eat healthier.  And I wasn’t obsessing about it - at least not in the negative ways I was before.  Instead of relying on food that was low-fat, low-sugar, low-carb (I could go on) and ultimately low-nutrient, my view on what “healthy” means has evolved to wholesome, fresh, local ingredients.  That’s the amazing thing about cooking.  Once I started to touch, taste and see the actual ingredients going into my meals, I naturally gravitated towards things that were better for me.  The even more amazing thing?   No. More. Dieting.

My own personal wellness journey is what inspired me to become a health coach.  Chances are that if you made it to my site you're feeling the way I have at different points in my life: frustrated, stuck, defeated.  Or maybe you mostly feel great but haven't been able to improve one specific area of your life.   I work together with my clients to come up with a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship(s) cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? Are you too focused on your physical health and not enough on your mental health? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole. Ultimately I'll equip you with the self-awareness to make the best decisions for yourself in any given circumstance. 

About My Expertise

I studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition* where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.

I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts including:

  • Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

  • Deepak Chopra, MD leader in the field of mind-body medicine

  • David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center

  • Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University

  • Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

  • Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach

  • Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center

  • Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating

  • David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert

  • Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health

  • Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author

  • Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing

My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with my clients to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness.  


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